THOUSANDS of people have joined a Facebook page paying tribute to a family killed in a horrific car smash.
David Cockburn, 48, his daughters Carley Ann Cockburn, 21, and Bethany Cockburn, 18, and Bethany’s 23-month-old daughter Lacie Jade Stephenson died in the accident near Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire on Friday afternoon.
The name of a fifth family member who died has still not been released.
The family, who were from Chester-le-Street, were travelling to a dance competition at Butlin’s holiday resort in Skegness, Lincolnshire, at the time of the crash.
Nearly 60,000 people have gone online to pay tribute to them on the social networking site.
Thousands of moving messages have been left on the page – RIP Cockburn Family – since news of the devastating crash spread.
It shows pictures of Carley and Bethany happily posing in sparkling dance costumes. Beth, who went to Hermitage Academy in Chester-le-Street, and Carley, who attended Roseberry Comprehensive School in Pelton, were members of TNT Dance School in Washington.
Floral tributes and notes covered the doorstep of the family home in Middleham Close, Ouston, while grieving friends watched over them, too upset to talk.
One read: “Rest with the angels and we will never forget you.”
Another poignant message, from a friend called Kerry, said: “Carley, always the life and soul of the party and an amazing friend.
“I admire you so much for following your dreams.”
The crash happened at 12.30pm near Oaklands Hotel on the A18 Grimsby Road, in Laceby, when the family’s Nissan Primera collided with a light goods vehicle. Three members of the family died at the scene and two others died later in the nearby Diana Princess of Wales Hospital.
The driver of the lorry is thought to have suffered minor injuries.
Operations Superintendent Tracy Bradley, of Humberside Police, said: “Our deepest thoughts go out to the family and friends of those who were tragically killed in this collision which happened on the A18 yesterday. We are working closely with relatives of those who lost their lives and are supporting them through what will be a very difficult time.
“Roads policing officers are working closely with our collision investigation team to piece together the evidence we have gathered in order to try and determine what led to this tragic incident taking place and took the lives of those travelling in the Nissan at the time.
“We have spoken to a number of key witnesses already, however, if anyone saw the incident but has not come forward I would ask them to do so.”